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Sens Talk Amongst Themselves

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

The Ottawa Senators are hoping that a little bit of talk will lead to some action. And more importantly, they are hoping it can lead them to a much-needed win.

Following a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday night, the Senators held a players-only meeting in the dressing room at RBC Center. The meeting took only a few minutes, but the players insisted there was no tension inside the room. The message coming from several players was that now was the time to stick together, since the club is battling so much adversity.

“We’ve got to stay positive, we can’t start blaming each other. We’ve got to be honest with each other and realize we need to step it up,” netminder Pascal Leclaire said. “We’re not that far off.”

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Morning Line

At this point in time, L.A. Kings fans are better than the vast majority of Senators fans. Why? Oh, I don’t know—it’s the little things. Things like everyone standing up and cheering when a goal is scored, and having people stay to watch when the good guys are a goal behind in the third (as opposed to running for their cars). Last time I checked, Los Angeles traffic was far worse than anything coming out of Kanata.

-The Universal Cynic.  More hockey bits from the TUC.

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Senators Want To Make Sure Alfredsson Is Healthy Enough To Play For Sweden

from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,

Murray and Alfredsson have a tremendous relationship and will need to draw on that in four to six weeks when the veteran star winger is scheduled to return from a shoulder injury. If it’s six weeks, it will be right on the eve of the Olympic Games, and that makes the Sens nervous.

“That’s the whole thing, it’s right on the bubble,” Murray told ESPN.com from the world junior championships in Saskatchewan.

So Murray and Alfredsson had a chat a few days ago to make sure everybody is on the same wavelength.

“You know full well that we’re not going to hold Alfredsson back if he is healthy and ready to go. That’s not our intent,” Murray said. “In talking to Alfie, I just wanted to make sure that he’s back playing and somewhat healthy before he makes a commitment to go to there and have any further possible aggravation or whatever it may be. He’s a very caring guy. He’s a great team guy. He wouldn’t do it to jeopardize anything with our franchise, I know that. But he does want to play in the Olympics. He cares greatly, and he knows it’s probably his last kick at it.”

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Alfredsson Out At Least A Few Weeks

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I don’t know exactly how long (he’ll be out), but it will be a few weeks anyway,” said Alfredsson, who was wearing a brace on his left shoulder. “We will probably see the doctor (today), do an X-ray and see what the damage is. I expect at least a few weeks.”

Senators coach Cory Clouston tried to hide his displeasure.

“I just don’t want to comment. I want to look at it again. I don’t really want to say anything more ... to say if it was a penalty or not. We did that and we were called whiners.”

more and you can watch the hit if you missed it earlier…

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Craig Adams Hit On Daniel Alfredsson Tonight

No penalty on the play.

added 8:26pm, from TSN,

It appears as though the injury bug has taken another big bite out of the Ottawa Senators.

After getting Chris Neil and Pascal Leclaire back in the lineup, the Sens may be without captain Daniel Alfredsson for the immediate future after he left Wednesday night’s game against the Penguins with what the team is describing as a shoulder injury.

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12/24/09 at 5:49am, added the video from the Pittsburgh point of view below…

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Taking The Blame Off The Players

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There was a time, back when the National Hockey League was more of a mom and pop shop, when Bryan Murray, Cory Clouston and their Ottawa Senators would have paid a heavy price for coming out and questioning the integrity of the NHL’s officials.

“Back in the old days when we didn’t have TV?” began veteran referee Paul Devorski, “We could show up in Winnipeg, and if I really wanted to shove it up yer hoop, I could. Nowadays, you can’t call a phantom hook or you’re on the carpet the next day with (NHL director of officiating) Terry Gregson. If it becomes habitual, now you’re not working playoffs.”

So today, referees blow off the carping that came from Ottawa this week as more excuse-making by a GM, this time the Senators’ Murray. Clouston, his head coach, was cast in a rather embarrassing supporting role.

“It strikes me as something where (Murray) is not having as much success as he wants, so maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s our fault,” referee Mike Leggo said. “Take the blame off his players. Try and shift the focus, try and get the next break.”

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Sens Would Like Some Power Play Time

from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

After the Senators got through a game without receiving so much as a single power-play opportunity for the third time this year, Clouston was left wondering why his team can’t seem to get some calls from the NHL’s referees.

“I have no idea why, I honestly don’t,” he said Wednesday, hours after the Senators were shut out 2-0 at home by Boston in a game in which the Bruins enjoyed three man advantages to Ottawa’s zero. “To me, it’s a little disrespectful to the players because they are working hard, they are doing the things they should be doing (to draw penalties) and they come to the bench and they’re just frustrated.

“They don’t know why that wasn’t a call or why it wasn’t made. It’s tough to know what to tell them.”

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Alfredsson Could Use A Few Goals

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Daniel Alfredsson has never run so cold.

The Senators captain had his goal-less stretch extended to 12 games Monday night — the longest of his 15-year career.

“How long is it?” he asked when the funk was brought up. “Twelve games? I didn’t know how many games, but obviously I know I haven’t scored in a while. I’ve had a few chances here and there, but I feel I can do a better job of creating more chances and better chances.

“Especially for us now, when we have some guys out. I’m one of the guys who has to produce and get some goals.”

continued plus more Senators talk…

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Why Does Otttawa Boo Chara?

via James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

I’ve always found it odd that Senators fans boo Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara every time he touches the puck in this rink, and apparently Big Z does too. Here’s what he had to say following his current team’s 2-0 win over his former team:

“I don’t know. I can’t really control what the fans are doing, if they’re booing me or not. I played hard when I played for Ottawa, I always did my best and the organization, at that time, chose Wade Redden and I was fine with that and I had to move on. So when they decided to sign Wade instead of me, I had to move on and obviously management back then — John Muckler and company — they made it look like I went for the money, but that wasn’t the case. Basically I liked my chances and options that I had in Boston and that’s why I chose Boston and I still believe in that and it’s just too bad that they made it look, to the fans and to the public, like I went for the money.”

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Fisher & Underwood Engaged

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators heartthrob Mike Fisher and his country singer superstar girlfriend Carrie Underwood are engaged to be married.

Fisher confirmed their engagement just moments ago as the Senators prepared for tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins at Scoriabank Place. Responding to questions, he said he popped the question to Underwood on Sunday, but declined to offer any other details at this point.

“It’s true,” said Fisher. “We’re both obviously excited and very happy.”

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